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CM’s homecoming turns into
poll rally
Mehraj (Bathinda), December 17
The first visit of Capt Amarinder Singh to his ancestral village today after he became the Chief Minister turned out to be an election rally as he and his aides, who addressed the rally spoke of the development agenda of the government and its achievements so far.

BJP keeping watch on Cong
dissidents’ moves
Jalandhar, December 17
Punjab BJP Chief Avinash Rai Khanna said today that his party was keeping watch on the political developments in the Congress Legislature Party and a decision to support the Congress dissidents would be taken at the appropriate time.

Punjab to appoint 2010 teachers
Chandigarh, December 17
Decks have been cleared for the recruitment of 2010 ETT teachers in schools with the Punjab Finance Department clearing the proposal today. The issue of filling these posts under the ambitious Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan had been hanging fire for the past two years. The Punjab Minister of School Education, Mr Khushal Behl, approved the filling of these posts on December 12.

Gurdwara manager missing,
Cong leader booked
Amritsar, December 17
Senior Congress leader Tarlok Singh Chakowalia, along with 15 of his companions, have been named in an FIR registered at Khemkaran police station in Tarn Taran police district for allegedly kidnapping Mr Sukhdev Singh, manager of Gurdwara Baba Bir Singh at Rattoke village.



NRI pop singer dies in mishap
Hoshiarpur, December 17
Italy-based Punjabi pop singer Harvinder Singh Tandi (35) belonging to Tandi village, near Bhogpur in Jalandhar district, was killed when his car rammed into a tree near Lachowal village on the Hoshiarpur-Tanda road last night.

Report sought from Forest Dept
Exemption to cable companies
Chandigarh, December 17
The Punjab Government has sought a report from the Forest Department on the exemption given to certain companies for laying optical fibre cables in forest areas without getting deposited the mandatory compensatory amount running into crores of rupees.


Dal (Ravi Inder) to hold convention in Feb
Patiala, December 17
President of newly formed Akali Dal Ravi Inder Singh today announced that a convention of the party would be held here in February next year.


Members of the four-member delegation of PakistanSamjhauta Express may resume run from Dec 25
Wagah, December 17
The Government of Pakistan is keen on resuming the ‘Samjhauta Express’ from Christmas to mark the birth day of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India. For this the government of Pakistan has already made the necessary arrangements.

Members of the four-member delegation of Pakistan, who crossed over from Wagah joint checkpost on Wednesday to attend the meeting for the resumption of Samjhauta Express to be held at New Delhi on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Suicides by Pak farmers also high, says delegation
Wagah (Amritsar), December 17
Like in Indian Punjab suicides rate among small and marginal farmers in Pakistani Punjab (western Punjab) was very high and in case the governments do not take immediate steps to save the farming community the situation may become alarming.

Hindu jatha to visit Pak, says Billa
Amritsar, December 17
For the first time after 1997, a group of 100 Hindu pilgrims will visit Pakistan on December 21, said All-India Hindu Shiv Sena chief Surinder Kumar Billa, here.

Torture of migrant: CBI team in Abohar
Abohar, December 17
The CBI has initiated an inquiry into the death of a Bihari migrant allegedly due to torture in police custody. A CBI team led by Mr Ramandeep Singh, arrived here yesterday in this connection.

Beware of private  companies, says SSP
Patiala, December 17
Senior Superintendent of Police A.S Rai today appealed to people of the district to be beware of a large number of private limited companies registered under the Companies Act 1956.

Case property gets damaged in police station
Chandigarh, December 17
It is confirmed. Even as a Ludhiana district resident is languishing behind bars in an alleged drug trafficking case, the police is claiming that the case property was damaged in the rains.

Pensioners celebrate senior citizens’ day
Abohar, December 17
The Government Pensioners Association celebrated senior citizens' day at the Teachers Home here today. Mr Jaskiran Singh, SDM, inaugurated newly built reading room on this occasion.

Three hurt as  trucks collide
Kharar, December 17
Three persons were injured when two trucks collided near the bus stand here late last night. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital here.

Army sponsors kids’ exchange programme with NE
Jalandhar, December 17
In a unique exercise to strengthen national integration, the Army authorities here have formally launched ‘Operation Samparak’ to enable the children from this part of the region to interact with that of the North-Eastern states.


High Court
College affiliation case
Chandigarh, December 17
Taking up a petition filed by Punjabi University's former Vice-Chancellor (VC) Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia in a case pertaining to the affiliation of a Mansa-based dental college, the High Court today directed that if the investigating agency went in for framing up charges, then the order would remain stayed.


Councillors fail to  pursue complaints
Kharar, December 17
How serious are councillors of the Opposition group about complaints made by them was evident when not a single person appeared when the Deputy Director, Urban Local Bodies, Ludhiana, Mr S.R. Kler, came to the municipal council office here today to listen to the complaints.

Council caught on wrong foot
Phagwara, December 17
To avoid Punjab Pollution Control Board action which had taken serious notice of garbage dumping near Phagwara byepass, the council today started digging a ditch in the middle of the dump.

Fund shortage hits work on dist admn complex
Sangrur, December 17
The second phase of construction of the district administrative complex (DAC) here is still incomplete, even though it was to be completed in February, 2002, at a cost of more than Rs 4 crore.


Drive against chemist: drugs seized
Chandigarh, December 17
A huge stock of drugs was seized by the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare during raids in Moga district. The raids were carried out as part of a drive against chemists operating without valid licences.

Two killed in accident
Bathinda, December 17
Ram Bahadur Singh, an employee of the state electricity board, was killed on the spot late last night in an accident involving a tractor-trailer and a truck.

Five arrested for murder
Kharar, December 17
Claiming to have solved a case of blind murder, the police arrested five persons in this regard here today.


Bir Devinder, Randip appointed Syndics
Patiala, December 17
The Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, an MLA, Mr Randip Singh, and Prof Narinder Singh Kapoor, have been elected as members of Punjabi University Syndicate for one year.

College teachers hold rallies
Sangrur, December 17
Member of the district unit of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) today staged a dharna and held a rally in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in support of their demands.

Appoint DEO, urges teachers’ front
Bathinda, December 17
Major Basant Kumar, district secretary, Democratic Teachers’ Front, in a written statement issued here today, has expressed resentment over the non-appointment of the District Education Officer (Secondary).

Toppers in surgery honoured
Patiala, December 17
Dr J.S. Gujral, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, presented medals to the toppers in surgery of local Government Medical College here today.Top

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